REDD+ Knowledge Sharing and Safeguard Information System of India

Welcome to the REDD+ knowledge sharing and safeguard information system of India. This module consists of REDD+ learning and knowledge sharing platform and web-based module on safeguards information system. This platform will be helpful in sharing the knowledge on REDD+ as well as also helpful in building the capacity of State Forest Departments and other stakeholders on REDD+. Web based SIS module will be helpful in collection of information/ data on REDD+ safeguards for preparation of summary of information on safeguards.

REDD+ is one of the climate change mitigation options in developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ is now widely accepted as climate change mitigation option under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In accordance with the Conference of Parties decisions of UNFCCC, developing country parties seeking financial support for implementation of REDD+ activities need to develop following mandatory elements:

  • A national strategy or action plan
  • A national forest reference emission level and/or forest reference level or, if appropriate, as an interim measure, sub-national forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels
  • A robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD+ activities, if appropriate, sub-national monitoring and reporting as an interim measure, in accordance with national circumstances
  • A system for providing information on how the safeguards are being addressed and respected throughout the implementation of the REDD+ activities, while respecting sovereignty.

REDD+ is primarily a climate change mitigation effort. However, an effective REDD+ programme will provide a variety of income generation opportunities, livelihoods, security, resilience and social wellbeing. Ecosystem services provided by forests, and their continuous supply are now becoming increasingly important in the context of adaptation to climate change. REDD+ programmes and actions contribute towards mitigation and adaptation to climate change and at the same time providing financial incentives to the participating communities.